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Letting in the light

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The owner’s brief was to improve the functionality and flow of their kitchen and to provide strong visual interest.

The sink bench under the window was removed, while French doors and a small deck were added to capture the morning sun, letting in more light and providing a greater sense of space. At the other end of the room, a single standard entry door was removed and was replaced by large double cavity slider doors.

Light and airy kitchen

Kitchen area

Kitchen with new doors and deck

The layout of the kitchen is now a streamlined galley design with a longer island containing the sink. Inspired by the leadlight windows, blackened steel is used as a key design element. The overhead cupboard section has fluted, smoky glass inserts with blackened steel frames. The fluted design element has been repeated on the back of the island panels.

The soft lines and colour of Dekton Opera for the benchtop and splashback contrasts the strong vertical design elements of the framed steel and the vertical fluted glass and island panels. Brushed matt black handles have been used for the drawers and matt black Fisher and Paykel handles for the integrated fridge and pantry. A pantry is hidden behind pocket doors and contains a benchtop, perforated steel baskets, internal drawers, shelving and LED strip lighting. A linear matt black pendant with smoky glass globes is complemented by downlights for task lighting and LED strip lighting.

Drawer details

Marble bench

Kitchen lighting

Cooking space

Kitchen bench


Resene Half Jumbo for the main cabinetry complements the soft grey in the benchtop, providing a block of colour, with light Resene Alabaster for the high cabinetry section to blend in with the Resene Alabaster used on the ceiling. Resene Foundry provides a strong contrast on the fluted sides and back panels of the island. These island panels are a strong design feature and using the depth of colour provided by Resene Foundry, it provides a strong focal point for the kitchen and complements the blackened steel used as a feature in the kitchen. Kitchen walls are painted in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Half White Pointer, with doors and architraves in Resene Alabaster.

One of the design challenges in this space was the split height ceiling, due to a 80s addition of the family room and larger kitchen. To counteract the visual effect of this split ceiling height, the tall cabinetry section is contained in the higher ceiling section with the cooktop bench section in the lower part. Push to open, high storage cupboards are designed to mimic the look of a bulkhead while providing additional storage. Painting these cupboards in the ceiling colour has enhanced this effect.

The finished design has created a more spacious, light filled kitchen space which fits seamlessly into this home.

Building contractor: Macreadie Builders.
Interior designer: Nicola Manning.
Painting contractor: ABC Painting.
Photographer: Kallan MacLeod
Other key contributors: Inner Spaces, E Stone Technology.

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